Born in 1862 and died in 1910, O. Henry’s birth name is William Sydney Porter; however, he adopted the pen name O. Henry while in prison. He published 10 collections and over 600 short stories during his lifetime.
The Trimmed Lamp follows The Four Million and provides another series of short stories that take place in New York City in the early years of the 20th century and are representative of the surprise endings that popularized O. Henry’s work. They also capture his use of coincidence or chance to create humor in the story. O Henry wrote about ordinary people in everyday circumstances. He is quoted as once saying, “There are stories in everything. I’ve got some of my best yarns from park benches, lampposts and newspaper stands.”
(Summary by Marian Brown)
July 31, 2016 Subject:
I enjoyed listening to these O. Henry stories; there were several I hadn't heard before. The reader was adequate – very clear – but occasional mispronunciations (e.g., “egregious” and “Scheherazade”) tended to break the spell of the story.